How does a small but nationally visible non-profit organisation go about moving their news-focused website to a different content management system? A good friend of mine works for a non-profit news organisation and asked me this question recently, so I put together some very brief notes based on some of the website migrations I have done over the last few years for similar organisations (a charity, an industry trade body, and a specialist news publisher).
The client being a small non-profit organisation constrains the solution to license-free (non-commercial) content management system (CMS), because at an industry standard of around $20k and upwards, the license costs for commercial CMS products tend to be out of the range of small non-profit budgets.
There are therefore five key things to consider for migrating an existing news-focused website for a non-profit organisation to a new CMS:
- What open-source technology should you use?
- To what extent should you customise the technology and how?
- What is a reasonable cost – one-off and ongoing support?
- Who should undertake the implementation?
- Where should the site be hosted?
There are plenty of other problems to solve once the initial decisions have been taken, but for a simple, news-focused website, with content only in English, we don’t need to worry about managing translations or dealing with transactional workflows. So what’s next?